SV votes to fund
Peak Hour bus service
provide funds when conditions met
Express Staff Writer
Valley City Council voted Thursday to help fund the proposed Peak Hour bus
service for six months with $10,000 .
of the Bellevue-to-Ketchum bus service were seeking $30,000 from Sun
Valley to help fund 18 months of providing workday bus service up and down
the valley three times a morning and three times an afternoon.
18-month plan, drafted by Blaine County Commissioner Sarah Michael, also
asks for $30,000 each from the county and from the city of Ketchum.
"an opportunity for Sun Valley to exert leadership," Councilman
Lud Renick made the motion to fund the bus service, but only for six
months and with conditions.
conditions included that the bus service be sponsored by Blaine County,
that $34,000 in bus passes be sold, and that the county and the city of
Ketchum agree to pitch in $10,000 each to the bus service.
passed with ayes from Councilman Renick, Council President Latham Williams
and Councilwoman Ann Agnew.
Kevin Laird opposed the motion, and Mayor Dave Wilson was absent.
Michael made the presentation for funding with Beth Callister, the
executive director of Wood River Rideshare.
came up with the idea of a Peak Hour bus service in December, but so far
she hasn’t sold enough passes to put the service into action.
selling annual passes for $550 and monthly passes for $50. At present, she
has $18,650 in the bank from the passes she has sold.
wants to see this bank balance up to $34,000—money that Callister and
Michael hope to raise from selling bus passes to valley employers—before
it commits its $10,000.
also wants the county commission to be the authority overseeing and
managing the bus service during the six month period.
said it did not want Terry Crawford taking time away from his job of
managing the Ketchum Area Rapid Transit system to manage the Peak Hour bus
part, Michael would like to see KART manage the Peak Hour bus service and
expand its mission from shuttling tourists around Ketchum and Sun Valley
to becoming a valleywide public transportation service.
Laird said he was opposed to changing the mission of KART.
He also was
opposed to funding the Peak Hour bus service, since the city had already
made "a hidden investment" of $20,000 in the service.
a $20,000 shortfall, we’re already funding you," he told Michael.
referring to a grant written by the commission to the Idaho Transportation
Department for rural transportation funds, a source where KART also gets
was awarded less than it asked for this year, but it was granted $20,000.
got less than it asked for by $20,000.
admitted that the county had competed with KART for the money, but Laird
didn’t have any evidence of the county’s gain being the cause of KART’s
the Sun Valley representative to the KART board of directors, suggested
that KART may have suffered the shortfall no matter what the county did.
don’t know we were cut because the county was funded," he said.
think this proposal is a slow bureaucratic creep to get KART
involved," he said. "I don’t think it is worth the funding at
this point, and it’s a back way to get KART to run it."
presentation to the council, Michael argued that a valleywide bus system
was "vital to the economy" and that valley employers were behind
the idea of the bus service.
can afford this in this valley," she said.
Ann Agnew said, "If we’re willing to subsidize housing, we should
be will to subsidize this bus service."